Target: Marion County Attorney Matthew Minter
Goal: Prosecute woman accused of severely neglecting pigs and seek the greatest possible penalty if she is found guilty.
Twenty-Five pigs were recently found in disturbing conditions by local animal control from a property in Ocala, Florida. The owner of these pigs had been under previous surveillance by animal control and was trusted to improve their care. The property was examined in July and the alleged neglector was given 48 hours to improve the conditions and further time to get the weight of the animals up. Upon this recent examination, the owner of the pig allegedly had not kept his word and the pigs were found to be in declining condition.
Twenty-five pigs in total were seized from the property, three of them being piglets found dead on site. A fourth piglet was found unable to even walk and was so undernourished that it was convulsing. This piglet was euthanized for being too far beyond saving. The swine were found to be underfed and in need of immediate veterinary care. Pictures of the scene reveal the pigs to be down to skin and bones.
Fortunately, these pigs have been seized from the property but we need to demand further punishment for the owner’s alleged cruelty. Although the pigs were given the care they need, we need to make sure the owner does not walk free of punishment for such a horrible act. Ensure that this crime doesn’t go unpunished and sign this petition to ensure justice is served to this callous person.
Dear Mr. Minter,
A recent animal services case in your town reported a property holding twenty-five mistreated pigs. The pigs were found to be malnourished back in July and the owner was given forty-eight hours to get proper veterinary care and further time to bring the pigs back up to a healthy weight. Recent check-ups allegedly reveal neither of the demands to have been met by the owner.
Of the twenty-five pigs, three piglets were found already dead on the scene by animal services. Another piglet was so malnourished and beyond saving that it had to be euthanized. There was a total of two months between the initial report of neglect and when officials deemed that the treatment of the pigs had not improved and removed the animals from the owner’s care. Over these two months, the owner did not comply with the requirements set by animal services and justice needs to be brought for this crime.
Fortunately, the pigs have been removed from the property and the surviving swine are being given care for their malnourishment, but the owner is not being punished for her actions. I encourage you to prosecute the alleged neglector for animal neglect and ensure the highest penalty possible is given.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Porcine Health Management